I wrapped up the the new cartoon tonight and what a great feeling it is to have it done before the weekend. Especially when I’ll need to put some time into scanning and lettering more strips by Monday. I know my life is weird when I find myself holding an MP3 player up to some random show about crocodiles attacking a wilderbeast, with the intention of using it as background noise nobody will really hear. Gifts can come in weird forms too; some audio clips arrived out of the blue today that inspired me to write another script with a character I’ve never considered animating before. And that brings up another point: what would Macadamian Squirrels sound like if I ever used them? Sorry if this disappoints, but NOT like Alvin the Chipmunk. I don’t know what yet, but not that.
Some new things going on with the comic – I posted another Ask Maridee: I Like a Guy Who Isn’t Real. One of my super Twitter friends was kind enough to counter a negative comment on the last one with a positive one, pointing out as I did that the last poster didn’t seem to get the concept of irony. Again, this was a fairly old video, and the last of the old videos I plan to post. I’m wrapping up a new cartoon now that includes actual voice work for Ferret, the first time his voice has ever been heard by the audience. Maybe after you’ve heard his voice inspiration it will add another dimension to the character, I just hope it doesn’t ruin anyone’s personal perceptions. The buttons came in and so did the blank greeting cardstock, plus the pages for the Cliffside Comics preview book went off to the assembler. Progressing right along.
For those of you living outside of Florida, Tarpon Springs is a Greek community near the coast with a history of sponge diving. My family and I like to go over there occasionally and eat Greek food, which is the best or weirdest food available depending on what you order. I always get dolmodes because they’re wonderful so there’s no reason to bother with anything else. This time it was at Mama Maria’s (beware: music ahoy) and the best yet, if for nothing else, than because it’s off the touristy main strip of town. Everything comes in three flavors: beef, chicken or octopus. Octopus is an option for just about everything, even by itself with maybe a light salt rub. The sponge diving heritage is heavily marketed and leads one to wonder how much call there still is for natural sponge, but that’s ok, because if you’re not interested in buying a sponge brush the local shops have wall plaques for sale of every known saint.